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Performing arts

BRATTLEBORO BUHS Players - "Sorry, Wrong Number": Lucille Fletcher's play will be performed as a Readers' Theater radio show. 7 p.m. in the Auditorium. Through Saturday, April 13. Free. Brattleboro Union High School, 131 Fairground Rd.

BRATTLEBORO "Running on Top of the Water": A play of mania and mastery written by Charles Monette with words by Robert Lowell. 4/12, 4/13: 8 p.m; 4/14: 3 p.m. (Repeats 4/19, 4/21). $15. Hooker-Dunham Theater, 139 Main St. Information: 802-254-9276; Click for more info on Web in new window.

GRAFTON "Poetry Aloud - Poetry Slam/Poetry Out Loud Event": Celebrate National Poetry Month and the wonder of the spoken word. This is a gentle poetry slam, without elimination rounds. Participants have up to three minutes to read or recite a poem - a personal favorite or an original piece. Attendees may listen as part of the audience without performing. All participants get a prize. Intergenerational participation is encouraged and participants can team up with a family member or friend to perform, if desired. 6:30 p.m. Free. Grafton Public Library, 35 Grafton Cmn. Guidelines/links: www.graftonpubliclibrary.org.

BRATTLEBORO "Blue Stockings": In Jessica Swale's play, directed by Hallie Flower, the year is 1896. Girton College, Cambridge is the first college in Britain to admit women, and the Girton girls study ferociously to match their male peers grade for grade. Yet, when the men graduate, the women leave with nothing but the stigma of being a 'Blue Stocking' - an unnatural, educated woman. They are denied degrees and go home unqualified and "unsuitable for marriage." Tess Moffat and her fellow 'first years' are determined to win the right to graduate, but they don't anticipate the hurdles in their way: the distractions of love, the cruelty of the class divide, or the strength of the opposition, who will do anything to stop them. The play follows them over one tumultuous academic year, in their fight to change the future of education. Performed by NEYT's Senior Company of actors ages 13-19, this witty and thought-provoking play is a timely examination of the rights of every woman - to an education, to her own autonomy, and to ride a bicycle, all set against the larger backdrop of women's suffrage. 4/12: 7 p.m., 4/13: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Through Saturday, April 13. $15, $13 seniors, $11 students. New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Information: 802-246-6398; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO "Scientizing Chinese Medicine": Stefan Grace, a local practitioner of Chinese medicine, will offer a broad perspective on the development and practice of Chinese medicine from its roots in the Han Dynasty (206 BCE) to the present. He'll show how the contemporary global practice of Chinese medicine is bound up with a modern national project the People's Republic of China established in 1949, much more than its ancient-sounding name might suggest. He'll show how, as a major global power grappling with maintaining both tradition and modernity, China has made profound changes in how Chinese medicine is practiced in order to serve its purposes and its socialist philosophy. 7 p.m. refreshments/conversation; 7:30 p.m. Talk. Free. Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St. Information: www.windhamworldaffairscouncil.org.

BRATTLEBORO Positivity Magic with Jonas Cain: When things don't go as planned, do you get frustrated or do you get fascinated? Join this Facilitator of Fascination as he shares engaging comedy magic, empowering positivity principles, and encouraging daily practices for achieving the next level of enjoyment and excellence at work, home, and beyond. Today's discussion will focus on the Magic of Influence, outlining key strategies for being a positive influence in the lives of those around us. 12 noon - 1 p.m. Free. River Garden - Brown Bag Series, 157 Main St. Information: 802-246-0982; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Music

WEST TOWNSHEND Pizza and Music with Sunny Lowdown: Build your own pizza on the outdoor oven from a number of toppings. Refreshments at the cafe. Lowdown will be singing the blues. Pizza Night is a fundraiser for West River Community Project. 5 p.m. pizza, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. music. $12 pizza pie. Donations appreciated by the musician. West Townshend Country Store and Cafe, Rte. 30. Information: 802-874-4800; Click to e-mail for more information.

KEENE Keene State College Jazz Combos: Performance features combinations of KSC jazz instrumentalists and vocalists, including Keene State students who are majoring in music as well as other programs at the College. Performers will present improvised and rehearsed arrangements of songs from the classic and modern jazz idiom. 7:30 p.m. $10 ($5 students). Keene State College, Alumni Recital Hall, Redfern Arts Center, 229 Main St. Information: 603-358-2168.

BRATTLEBORO Mud Season Blues Benefit Concert: Featuring Bob Stannard & Those Dangerous Bluesmen. Stannard and his band play straight-up blues from the likes of Howlin' Wolf, Sonny Boy Williamson II, James Cotton, Little Walter, and Paul Butterfield. Those Dangerous Bluesmen is a quintet: Jeff Salisbury (drums/vocals), played with Albert King and fronts his own band; Kenny B (bass), who has been on the road for 18 years with Muddy Waters Band guitarist Luther "Guitar Jr." Johnson; Brad Morgan (keyboard/vocals), played with Satin & Steele for over 35 years; Joe Moore (sax/ vocals), played with the Isley Brothers and Wilson Pickett and fronts his own band; John Falk (guitar/vocals), played around VT for many years. Proceeds will be shared between the Vermont Arts Council and Latchis Arts. 7:30 p.m. $20, $50 for VIP seats ($50/$25 at the door). Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St. Tickets: app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=larts.

BRATTLEBORO Third Annual Solo Jazz Piano Festival 2019: A celebration of the piano in jazz, this program highlights the instrument's ability to convey beauty and capture melody, harmony and rhythm, all at the same time. The weekend features Joanne Brackeen, George Cables, Kenny Werner, Julius Rodriguez, Rebecca Cline. Special Guests: Franz Robert, Cameron Campbell, Tom Cleary. Includes eight performances, five master classes, Q&A session, a piano forum for juried students, and a session on Effortless Mastery by Kenny Werner. Now in its third year, this festival has become a treasure for lovers of music in general and is not just for pianists. Some of the greatest piano-jazz minds in the world will divulge their methods of preparation, learning and teaching; they will also relay personal narratives where top-level jazz players weave in and out of their colorful stories. Attendees will communicate directly with these artists in a nurturing environment that gives the artists the space and freedom to express what they do through words (in master classes and panels) and music (in concerts). . Through Sunday, April 14. $95 for all events, $20 per concert/$30 for both nights. $40 for Sat. or Sun. daytime programs (not feature concerts). Vermont Jazz Center, 72 Cotton Mill Hill, #222. Times/Tickets: www.vtjazz.org.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO "Raising Our Voices Together": This original musical written by Rich Nethercott celebrates Theatre Adventure actors and their relationships and engagement in their community. Passionate and dedicated both on and off stage, the 21 developmentally challenged actors sing, dance, and perform from the heart about work, love, and friendship. Productions are developed in collaboration with the actors - their artistry and individuality inform, inspire new ways of thinking about differences and to helping to build a stronger spirit of connection and acceptance in the community. Sensory-Friendly - before each performance begins, the Director will talk about the lights, sounds, costumes, and characters in order to support the comfort level of the audience. A break room will be provided if needed for any audience member, and a social story is available before the performance, upon request. 4/11: 10:30 a.m., 4/12: 7 p.m. (ASL interpreting provided; wheelchair accessible). $10. New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Tickets: 802-246-6398, www.neyt.org.

Community building

WALPOLE Brattleboro Museum and Art Center - Spring Gala & Benefit Auction: In support of BMAC's youth and education programs, this year's festivities include appetizers, dinner, and dessert by Hardy Foard Catering, live music by Jazzberry Jam, a great selection of beer and wine, and good company in a beautiful setting. Plus a silent and live auction of art and jewelry, fine wine, vacation getaways. 6 p.m. $75 per person, $500 per table of 8. Alysons Orchard, 57 Alysons Ln. Tickets: 802-257-0124 x 101, /www.brattleboromuseum.org.

PUTNEY Microagression: What is it and What to do about it?: Join Putney Friends in a series to help us develop clearer understandings of how racism impacts us in a predominately white community. Our community is alive right now with conversations and activity about racism. We want to invite you to join us in taking a deeper dive into specific aspects being white. Light supper includes vegan/non-gluten options. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Free. Putney Friends Meeting House, 17 Bellows Falls Rd. Julie Forsythe: juliabforsythe@gmail.com.

Activism

BRATTLEBORO Protest Vigil at TD Bank: TD is a major investor in Tar Sands. TD helps to fund the Dakota Access Pipeline. In addition to attending this vigil (signs will be provided), if you're a TD depositor, you can change banks. Sponsored by Post Oil Solutions, founded in 2005, a 501c3 community organizing project in Southeastern VT whose mission is to help empower the people of the Central Connecticut River Valley bioregion in this era of global warming and climate change to develop sustainable, resilient, collaborative, and socially just communities leading to a self- and community-sufficient post petroleum society. 12 noon - 1 p.m. every Friday. TD Bank, 215 Main St. Information: www.postoilsolutions.org.

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